Jail Death

Authorities in one Wiregrass county are trying to determine what caused the death of an inmate.

Just after 4 a.m. Monday morning, a Barbour County Jail correctional officer found Andy Dwight Pierce unconscious in his cell, he was later pronounced dead.

Pierce had spent fifteen-years on Alabama’s death row for murder, but an appellate court due to several irregularities later overturned the conviction during the trial.

In May 1988, Pierce is alleged to have bludgeoned Annie Ruth Brooks with a six-pound weight inside her Commerce Street home in Geneva. At the time, Pierce was doing lawn work for the victim.

Last year, the 45-year-old inmate was brought back to Geneva County to await retrial, but due to overcrowding, Pierce was transferred to the Barbour County Jail in Clayton.

Geneva County Sheriff Greg Ward says this is another example of how overcrowding has caused problems for him, and now Barbour County.

News 4 was unable to contact Barbour County Sheriff Marshall Williams, Jr.

Pierce’s body has been transferred to the department of forensics in Montgomery for an autopsy. News 4 has been told that Pierce did have a chronic heart condition, but it's not known if that's what killed him.